Now, Bird Flu hits Rajasthan

Rajasthan is in the throes of a Hitchcockian nightmare with dead birds falling from sky. The reason on Thursday was confirmed as cases of Avian Flu.

A high alert has been sounded across the desert state after Avian Influenza was confirmed in the samples of around 100 crows which were found dead in Jhalawar. The same samples have been sent to Bhopal for further testing.

All national parks and wildlife sanctuaries and other forest areas have been asked to take special precautions after the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases confirmed bird flu in the samples tested so far.

On December 27, around 100 crows were found dead in a local temple situated in Jhalawar, which is an erstwhile princely state situated in the southeast corner of Rajasthan. The city is 341km from the state capital here. Their samples tested positive for avian influenza, forest officials told IANS.